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‘Counter-terrorism requires global approach’

The G5 Sahel Permanent Secretary, Maman Sambo Sidikou has restated that the fight against terrorism in the region requires a comprehensive approach, coupled with further consultations and intelligence-sharing. The Permanent Secretary of this bloc made the announcement after meeting the Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on Tuesday. “Our destinies are common.

Boko Haram: IGP dismisses 121 officers for absconding deployment

Godsgift Onyedinefu and Sam Ogun The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has approved the dismissal of 121 of at least 167 police officers who allegedly absconded from a counter-terrorism training facility to avoid deployment to the North East to fight Boko Haram terrorists last week. The 121 officers who

Boko Haram: Intersociety cites ethno-religious biases in deployment, ‘dismissal of missing policemen’

•Faults counter-insurgency operations in Northeast Nigeria  Senator Iroegbu  The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), has picked holes in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists, especially with the manner of personnel deployment to the North East Nigeria. Intersociety, faulted in particular the recent drafting

Counter-terrorism as a collective war

Emmanuel Onwubiko   Nigeria has assumed the notorious position of the third most impacted terrorism afflicted sovereign nation globally just after Afghanistan and Pakistan. In its report: “Changing patterns in terrorism and the threat to business” Control Risks, the specialist global risk consultancy, finds that the number of incidents rose from 317 in

Buhari orders military to ‘eliminate Boko Haram from face of the earth’

Senator Iroegbu    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the country's military that the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations is a must win of which they are duty bound to eliminate Boko Haram terrorists from face of the earth. Buhari gave this charge on Wednesday while addressing the top military officers at the Chief

Boko Haram: Nigeria’s war against terror needs adequate logistical support–Theatre Commander

•Logistical plan, execution crucial to operations  Senator Iroegbu The outgoing Theatre Commander of Operations Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Abba Dikko, has said that Nigeria's counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts against Boko Haram terrorists and similar groups across the country requires adequate logistical support. Dikko in a statement on Saturday by the Director of Army Public

Boko Haram Attacks: ‘Soldiers now cry to God as colleagues die like chickens…’

•Casualties painful but inevitable--Buratai Editor's note: The illustration picture was captured from a 2017 Kannywood movie titled 'Abu Hasaan' and not at the theatre of operations.   Jude Johnson Some of the Nigerian soldiers deployed to the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists in parts of the North East have voiced their

Using social media to weaken the wrath of terror attacks

In a new report, leading counter-terrorism experts from around the world including Michigan State University faculty offer guidance to authorities to better manage the impacts of terror attacks by harnessing social media communication. "With social media, not only is the information immediate, but the public's access to information and conversations shape

How US military is expanding counterterrorism war across Africa

As the Pentagon was reviewing new plans for special operations missions in Africa, reducing overall troop numbers on the continent, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis designated three new named contingency operations. The most recent quarterly report from the Department of Defense Inspector General notes the creation of Operation Yukon Journey, a counterinsurgency operation, and counterterrorism operations in